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Poster: A/V Geek Skip Date: Sep 23, 2004 9:06am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Copyright status of feature films

Not the easiest of tasks to determine copyright status, but here's a good place to start:

http://www.copyright.gov/records/cohm.html

Unfortunately, this site only lists copyrights and copyright renewals that were registered after 1977. There are some books that recorded the copyrights that have been renewed. They are called Film Superlists and are expensive and hard to find. Some libraries have them though.

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Poster: Metal Date: Sep 23, 2004 10:54am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Copyright status of feature films

Thx for the prompt reply. So... If I have some old classics that don't appear to be copyrighted any longer, do you want them?

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Poster: A/V Geek Skip Date: Sep 23, 2004 10:57am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Copyright status of feature films

What format are they?

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffbrewster Date: Sep 23, 2004 11:44am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Copyright status of feature films

Yes, the Internet Archive is interested in bringing public access to the public domain. We would like to bring the best quality versions to poeple as well.

Thank you for the offer and we look forward to the films!

-brewster

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Poster: Metal Date: Sep 23, 2004 1:18pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Copyright status of feature films

I have various formats. .mpg, .mpeg, .avi and others. The quality of many of my .avi's are really quite good. I will run some of the titles I have by the link Skip posted and I'll get back to you. :)

Edit: Nobody has answered my question about the missing mpeg2 films. I'm guessing it's due to space and/or bandwidth restrictions?

Edit2: How about Jean Cocteau's 1946 La Belle Et La Bete.avi with a separate english subtitles file? (thats Beauty and the Beast for those that skipped out of french 101) :)



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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffJonathan Aizen Date: Sep 23, 2004 3:45pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Copyright status of feature films

We're either still working on the MPEG2 issue, or it has been resolved, but some servers need rebooting.

Brak?

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffbrewster Date: Sep 25, 2004 12:22am
Forum: feature_films Subject: apparently missing mpeg2 file problem should now be fixed

The problem was that some of our ftp servers were not configured to handle files larger than 2GB, which had the effect of giving a "missing" error when people clicked on it. The ops staff think they have cleared out these issues. We dont have the checking in place to prove this yet, unfortunately.

If you have this problem again, please post in this forum.

-brewster

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Poster: rgs_uk Date: Sep 27, 2004 1:49am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Copyright status of feature films

Can bits of the public domain feature films be used to create new movies in the same way as the Prelinger films?

Also what is the situation about, say, using a clip on a website? What if the author of the website is based in the UK (I am) but the site is hosted in the USA? My guess is these movies are all still under copyright in the UK?

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Poster: Blenda Date: Oct 6, 2004 6:41am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Copyright status of feature films

If it's in the public domain, you can use/modify it however you want.